How to Tie a Fish Hook in Zoom Bait

How to Tie a Fish Hook in Zoom Bait
Pick a fishing situation and there will most likely be a Zoom bait to suit the occasion. In fact, take a stroll down the bait aisle and there will probably be a rainbow of colors from which to choose. Once your soft bait is selected and in hand, you are now faced with the task of assembling the line, hook and bait. The process is easy and can be mastered by just about any angler.


Difficulty: Easy

Texas rig

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mono filament fishing line
  • Fishing hook
  • Zoom bait
  • Bullet weight
  • Bead
  • Swivel
  • Snips
Step 1
Slide a bullet weight onto the end of your fishing line so that it is pointed up the line. Select a weight, such as a 1/8 ounce, that will provide weight but not cause the bait to sink too rapidly.
Step 2
Attach a 3/0 or 4/0 EWG (Extra Wide Gap) hook to the line with an Improved Clinch knot. Refer to the resource section below for detailed instructions on tying the Improved Clinch knot. Be sure to moisten the knot before it is pulled down tight and trim excess line from the knot with snips.
Step 3
Hold the hook by the shank, or long section, and insert the point into the nose of the bait for about 1 inch. Push the hook straight into the Zoom bait.
Step 4
Turn the point down and push out the bottom of the bait. Push the soft plastic bait up on the hook until it rests in place on the bent bait keeper part of the hook just below the eye.
Step 5
Turn the point of the hook back toward the bait and insert completely through the body of the bait. It may be necessary to slightly bend the bait while inserting the hook. Arrange the bait so that it is positioned straight on the hook. Insert the point back just below the surface of the bait to make the rig weedless.

Carolina Rig

Step 1
Cut a length of line that is 15 to 18 inches long from the end of your fishing line to be used as a leader. Use a pair of snips to cut the line.
Step 2
Attach a hook and Zoom bait to the length of leader by following steps 2 through 5 from the first section. Do not attach a bullet weight to the line.
Step 3
Tie the tag end of the leader to one of the swivel eyes with an Improved Clinch knot. Moisten the knot, pull tight and trim excess line with a pair of snips.
Step 4
Slide a bullet weight onto the main line with the point going up the line. Slide a glass, plastic or metal bead onto the line below the bullet weight.
Step 5
Tie the tag end of the main line to the swivel opposite the one used to attach the leader. Tie the line to the swivel eye with another Improved Clinch knot.

Tips & Warnings

Consider making the Texas rig weightless by leaving the bullet weight off the line when rigging. This will another dimension to the fishing rig by allowing the bait to move with the water current rather than sinking.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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